Embracing Failure

Nikita NaikUncategorized0 Comments

Embracing Failure

The first step to being sorta good at something: you gotta suck at it.   When learning something new, most people are novices at most things. Failure is not just an option, it’s almost guaranteed. It seems so obvious, doesn’t it? As someone who chases perfectionism, however, this has never … Read More

Weep With Me

Zakiya JacksonArts & Entertainment, Culture0 Comments


Who will weep with me  I can feel the ancestors hoping  praying dripping with blood fervor anticipation Who will weep with me as the recoil of mixed up emotions  identities  spoken words wrestle in my bones in the marrow of my life who will weep with me for beautiful sacred … Read More

October is Black Speculative Fiction Month!!!!

Nilo ThomasArts & Entertainment, Culture, Uncategorized0 Comments


October is Black Speculative Fiction Month and I am excited for the events, giveaways, meetings, webinars, and brunches with different authors and writers who want to celebrate and honor Black writers, filmmakers, artists, and creatives and their extraordinary work in Speculative Fiction! The past two years or so I have … Read More


Nikita NaikUncategorized0 Comments

The New York Times published an article intriguingly titled “The Bitch America Needs,” detailing the use of the word “bitch” as “both an epithet and an honorific” for Hillary Clinton not only throughout this election year, but since her emergence in the public eye, as the wife of Bill Clinton … Read More

Emotions and Questions: A Poem

Nilo ThomasArts & Entertainment, Causes0 Comments

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I wanna scream so bad I wanna stand up and shout, “You can’t do that!” I wanna yell at this country that has been my home since berfore my mother and father even met The country I call home… The place I have dreamt of in my deepest of dreams … Read More

Remember the Path: A Poem

Nilo ThomasArts & Entertainment, Causes, Culture0 Comments


You gotta remember where you’ve been To know where you’re going Which is to say you can’t improve society or the systems that make society If you don’t learn from your past mistakes Or something like that But the thing is The system wasn’t made for us We weren’t intended … Read More

An Ode to Reading

Nikita NaikCulture0 Comments

I’m grateful to have grown up in the pre-internet era. As a child, I would fill up notebooks with musings, doodles, short stories, comics, anything that felt the need to spill out of my head and onto the page in front of me. I was also a voracious reader. The … Read More

I Am A Nerd

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Who is a nerd? For me, last month, it meant any one that took the pilgrimage to nerd-Mecca.  For the uninitiated, that would be Comic-Con in San Diego.  For those five days, nerds to me were anyone who knew about Star Wars lore, all things Marvel Studios and Comics, and didn’t … Read More

Why I Celebrate Hillary with Mixed Emotions

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Hillary Clinton at this year's Black Girls Rock! event.

This is a historic moment, not just in the political sphere, but for our entire country. We have our first female democratic nominee! (Save for Queen Shirley Chisolm). This is an accomplishment for women everywhere.  As a black woman I live daily in the tensions of gender, race and class discrimination. As black … Read More

What Shawn Carter Taught Me

Zaina AdamuArts & Entertainment, Culture0 Comments


For me, it was a music video released some time in 1998. A young man (rather, an older man to me at the time) was rapping staccato-style in a graffiti-filled Brooklyn neighborhood about a somber thug life peppered with the grandeur of hustling and its short-term rewards: From standing on the … Read More